On May the 4th the country’s first ever cycling club was launched for all emergency services. The Bluelight Cycling Club launched outside of New Scotland Yard with members of all the emergency services and special ambassadors.
Tomorrow, Friday 4th of June 51 riders will leave The Mall in London to embark in a charity ride across England, cycling 250 miles to raise money for the Care of Police Survivors charity that supports endless families across the country whose relatives were police officers killed on duty.
Returning on Monday 7 June, the 51 riders from the emergency services and ambassadors from the Bluelight Cycling Club, such as former England rugby star Austin Healy and GB cyclist Chris Pritchard will gather at The Mall at the National Police Memorial.
Their return will mark the completion of a four-day cycle event where the riders will have completed 250 miles through Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Surrey.
The riders have a special guest joining them for the four day event, Daisy Godfrey. Daisy lost her father, PC Ian Godfrey, when she was aged only six years old in 1999. He was killed on duty in a road traffic accident in south Wales.
Chief Superintendent Roy Smith from the Met Police told the Havering Daily:
“I am honoured to be able to lay a wreath at the National Police Memorial in The Mall to pay respects to our fallen colleagues who gave their life protecting communities across the country. Thank you to the Bluelight Cycling Club riders who are raising money for the Care of Police Survivors Charity who look after so many families such as Daisy’s who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty.
“Emergency service workers across the country are dedicated and hard working members of our community who provide a pivotal role in society.
“It is important to honour them and pay tribute to them and their incredible achievements whenever we can.”
Former England Rugby player Austin Healy said:
“Riding with serving and retired officers has been a real privilege for me and everyone involved. The team work has been immense but to also ride for a great charity like COPS has been humbling. Meeting Daisy who has been supported by the charity for over twenty years makes you realise the sacrifices faced by emergency workers and their families.”
The riders will be welcomed back by Lady Winner who will be at the National Police Memorial and a wreath will be laid by Chief Superintendent Roy Smith to pay respect to all their fallen colleagues.
For more information on the Bluelight Cycling Club, please see the link below: